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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on April 1, 2021 at 12:25 AM

This year, Holy Week overlaps with the beginning of the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Mr. George Floyd, a Black man. Footage is being replayed, witnesses are giving testimonies, and a jury is carefully considering all the evidence.

 

For some, seeing the video of Officer Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Mr. Floyd for a full nine minutes, unyielding until fatality occurred, was a wake-up call. The days following Mr. FloydR...

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Music Notes - March 2021

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 24, 2021 at 9:05 AM

In March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, the invaluable contribution women have made and are making to the church’s song is so abundantly evident. The texts and/or melodies of many treasured songs are gifts derived from the creativity of poets and composers who happen to be women. Songs from The Hymnal 1982 such as “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”(words by Katherine Lee Bates); “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”(adaption of Matt. 6 and music ...

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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 17, 2021 at 5:05 PM

As part of my Lenten journey this year, I have been reading The Power of Imperfection by Ruth Scott. Scott was among the first female priests ordained in the Church of England in the mid-1990s. The basic premise of her book is that when we acknowledge and accept our human imperfections, rather than denying them, they can actually become sources of growth, not obstacles to be overcome.

One section in particular has resonated with me in light of the past year. She writes the ...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 10, 2021 at 4:25 PM

As Holy Week and Easter approaches, your clergy and staff are busily making plans to observe this most sacred time of year. Beginning on March 28, we will begin to offer both online and in-person worship opportunities. While we are thrilled that we can gather onsite once more, all in-person gatherings will follow the safety protocols of our Diocese and are limited in size. We humbly ask for your patience, compassion, and flexibility as we move forward with plans for a hybrid approach to worsh...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 3, 2021 at 9:45 AM

As I write this article, I am listening to the Brene Brown podcast when she interviewed Bishop Michael Curry last Fall on Love & Hope in Troubling Times discussing his book Love is the Way. If you haven’t listened to it, I highly recommend it. Bishop Curry is such an inviting and inspirational presence and it reminded me of the couple times I saw and spoke with him at St. Alban’s. There are many things that stood out in the podcast; however, one is the mention o...

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Music Notes - February 2021

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 24, 2021 at 9:50 AM

February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States. Many events in these last few years have led to renewed and, hopefully, meaningful discussions about the lives and experiences of African-Americans and other people of color in the United States. While there is much in America’s past and present for which we seek God’s forgiveness we live in the hope that the vision of God’s perfect kingdom will be realized. One in which we imperfect humans seek to see each ...

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Message from Rev. Carmen

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 17, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and in our online service, we heard some powerful words from the book of Isaiah. Isaiah was called by God to speak truth to the community of Israelites who had been living in exile in Babylon. They were going through a terrible ordeal, but they did not always handle it well. They had been thinking that if they were more pious, more strict in their fasting, and more frequent in their prayers, that God would have mercy on them and save them from their troubles. And t...

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Message from Rev. Kevin

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 10, 2021 at 6:45 PM

It has essentially been a year since we first started hearing about COVID-19. What a year it has been! None of us knew at that time what the year ahead had in store for us. It has been a time of tremendous loss for so many: loss of loved ones; loss of freedom; loss of planned and expected experiences; loss of jobs; loss of income and financial security; loss of face-to-face interactions with friends and family; loss of cherished routines; and the list goes on. In a time such as this, whe...

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Message from Courtney Fossett

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 3, 2021 at 3:35 PM

It appears as I look outside that we are a bit in the winter doldrums. This time of year can often drag us down a bit and this year especially. We have to look for lights where we can find them, like the cardinal chirping on my deck this morning or the sun shining and you look up to see crystal clear blue skies, which believe it or not, has happened a few times in the last couple weeks. Often times it might just be an uplifting word or phrase that will strike a chord with you that you continu...

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Music Notes - January 2021

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 27, 2021 at 1:50 PM

For many Christians, the comfort given by favorite hymns and songs of our faith is second only to the bible and the prayer book. Most of our treasured hymns and songs began as poems or prayers. We all, of course, must live our lives with the faith, challenges and victories given to us by God. However, there is much to be learned from those who have already “walked the path”, as the saying goes. During these most trying times when one wonders in what or whom should we have confiden...

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